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‘Mutant’ white peacock banged up for causing havoc in Newbury Park

The peacock that went missing from Alborough Hall Farm last week and was found crossing the road near Newbury Park station is now safe back at the farm. The peacock that went missing from Alborough Hall Farm last week and was found crossing the road near Newbury Park station is now safe back at the farm.

Monday, September 23, 2013
4:10 PM

The mystery of why this white peacock was crossing a road in Newbury Park has once and for all been solved, thanks to the readers of the Ilford Recorder.

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Last week, we reported on the bird strutting around Aldborough Road North much to the bemusement of drivers and passersby.

After numerous phone calls, emails, and honestly, tweets, the owner was tracked down to be Shirley Rudge who lives in the same road.

Mrs Rudge said: “I don’t know why he’s suddenly taken to escaping. He was 500 yards down the road and when he walks you struggle to keep up with him. He’s a bit of a loner wanders off on his own.”

She has 11 peacocks in total and says it is not uncommon for the male birds to go for a meander during the mating season.

“Sometimes the boys in the spring get out looking for girlfriends but it’s the wrong time of year. He’s now in a cage which is just against anything I have worked for,” Mrs Rudge added.

This particular preening peacock was bred from two coloured birds and is classed as a mutant and is not, as often thought, an albino.

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